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Fitting a Motorcycle Jacket: How to Know if Your Jacket is the Right Size


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Walk into any motorcycle store and pick up your size in a motorcycle jacket, guaranteed it’s going to be tight. But should you just accept that tight is normal when it comes to motorcycle jackets or opt for a larger size? When it comes to making sure that your motorcycle jacket is the right size, make sure your motorcycle jacket is tight enough to hold your armor in the right places, whilst still feeling comfortable, not constricting or restricting in any way.

How do you find the perfect-sized motorcycle jacket?

Finding the perfect size motorcycle jacket can take trying on different brands, seasons (summer and winter gear), and materials. It is important to also mention that different styles of jackets will fit differently too. let’s talk about what you should avoid.

Some people will wear a motorcycle jacket that is too big for them to fit their armor in the right places, this can be dangerous and uncomfortable as well. Other times they are wearing a motorcycle jacket that is so tight it feels constricting or restricting, which might cause some discomfort and lack of mobility.

Lastly, it is important to mention that not all motorcycle jackets will fit the same and different brands or styles might have a different feel on your body.

What is a Motorcycle Jacket used for?

I know this might seem obvious but I think it’s worth mentioning here because too many people buy gear on stylish choices rather than safety. Motorcycle jackets are protective gear for your upper body that’s designed to protect you from injuries caused by falls, collisions, and other accidents. Motorcycle jackets include armor built into the jacket or placed in pockets. The material of motorcycle jackets is drag resistant and designed to prevent road rash if you fell.

Like any piece of gear, it’s only as good as how well you use it, and having the wrong size motorcycle jacket is like wearing your helmet on your foot.

It just won’t help with a head injury.

With this in mind, it is essential that you find the right size motorcycle jacket otherwise you are not protecting yourself on the ride.

Why should a motorcycle jacket be tight-fitting?

Motorcycle jackets are made to be tight fitting. This is because they need to protect you in the event of a crash, and there are two ways it does this: The first is my not being so lose that it gets caught on a slide on the pavement and the second is to ensure that your armor in your motorcycle jacket all holds to the right areas in the occurrence of a crash.

Does not mean that motorcycle jackets should fit tightly everywhere?

A good motorcycle jacket will be tight in the areas it needs to be tight in, to hold in armour and make sure that nothing will get caught; yet should also leave enough stretch, movement and room to not restrict your movement, or breathing when you are riding. You also shouldn’t feel very much restriction around your chest area and you shouldn’t feel a tug when you lift your hands up as if you were riding.

What to look for when fitting in a motorcycle jacket?

  • Shoulders should be snug and not have any bunching in the front or back, but they should accommodate movement.
  • Chest: the chest should be tight enough that it will not tug when you’re moving your arms around, but it shouldn’t restrict breathing.
  • Waist: there should not be any bunching in the back of the jacket.”
  • Raise your hands in the air as if you were riding, and the jacket shouldn’t restrict movement

How do leather motorcycle jackets fit?

Leather motorcycle jackets typically stretch out over time, and should be fitted snugly at first.

How do textile motorcycle jackets fit?

Textile motorcycle jacket often have stretchy material on the sides to accommodate movement of your arms and can also produce more airflow than leather does. But it is important to remember that the textile won’t stretch.

Some tips for how you can tell if your jacket fits properly:

  • Does the length of the sleeve hit at about mid-bicep?
  • Is there a little bit of room around the waistline?
  • Are the armholes not too tight, but not so big you feel like your arms can’t move freely either?
  • Does it go down past mid thigh or is it just at your belly button line?

If you answered yes to all these questions then congratulations, you have found a motorcycle jacket that will fit your body and personal style.

If the answer is no to any of these questions then it’s time to go shopping for a different size or another brand! It can be difficult trying on several jackets in one day so if possible try them out at home before investing in one.

Can You Ride a Motorcycle with the Choke On?


Rider starting his motorcycle in the countryside

So you’re all green to motorcycles, you’ve just got your new bike and you remember that your choke is needed to start your motorcycle but do you leave your choke on while riding? The answer is no, it is NOT OK to ride your motorcycle with the choke on. Whilst your motorcycle might technically run with the choke on, you should not do so.

In this article, we will run through why it is best not to ride with the choke on, what happens if you do if it is harmful to your motorcycle, and if there are any certain circumstances in which you should ride with the choke on.

Why it is best not to ride with the choke on?

The main reason that we advise not riding with the choke on is that it can be harmful to your motorcycle. Whilst driving a vehicle you need air and fuel in order for the engine to function, when you’re riding with the choke on there will be an excess of fuel which means that there will also have too much air. The result of this excess in air and fuel is that the engine will be over-fueling because there have been mixed together. Overfuelling can cause a variety of problems for your bike, from it running hotter than usual to the pistons being damaged by excessive heat through misfires.

In addition to this, if you ride with the choke on and you happen to stall the motorcycle, it can be difficult for your bike to start again. If this happens then make sure that you turn off the main switch before trying to restart as this will help preserve fuel in your tank without affecting airflow

Removing the Choke: How long should I wait?

The amount of time you have to wait is different for each motorcycle, but it should be around three minutes.

In many cases, the choke will take a little bit longer than that so if your bike still isn’t starting then try turning off the main switch and waiting another minute before hitting on again. Once you can get your engine running, it will be a lot easier to ride your motorcycle.

If you have trouble starting the bike then make sure that you keep an eye on how long the engine is running before taking off as this can wear down your battery or cause other problems with your vehicle’s electrical system.

What happens if you do ride with the choke on?

If you ride with the choke on, it will make your motorcycle run very poorly and not start quickly. The problem is that gas can’t enter the engine as freely because of how tight or restricted the air intake becomes when the throttle is cut off during a cold start-up. This means less fuel gets to pass through so there’s more chance of fuel starvation.

Can I turn off the choke while riding my motorcycle if I realize I’ve left it on?

It is not advised to turn off the choke while you’re riding your motorcycle, as it could cause a dangerous engine stall. The best thing to do if you realize that you’ve left on the chock is pulled over, turn off the choke and stop for five minutes before continuing with your journey so that enough time has passed for the engine temperature to increase. If this doesn’t work, try turning down the throttle or revving up the engine till it reaches operating temperature again but don’t forget to use care when doing so!

Is it harmful to my motorcycle to ride with the choke on?

Riding with the choke on will cause fuel starvation and it can be harmful to your motorcycle. The best thing to do if you realize that you’ve left the choke on is pull over, turn off the chock and stop for five minutes before continuing with your journey so that enough time has passed for the engine temperature to increase. If this doesn’t work, try turning down the throttle or revving up the engine till it reaches operating temperature again but don’t forget to use care when doing so!

There are any certain circumstances in which you should ride with the choke on?

The only time it is safe to ride with the choke on, and should be considered an emergency measure if you are in a tight spot, is when your motorcycle has run out of fuel. If this happens then turn the choke all the way up so that there is no more air passing through and put as much petrol into your tank as possible before turning off the engine. This will force whatever remaining gas inside to combust – but don’t forget to use care when doing so!

Do all motorcycles have a choke?

No, not all motorcycles have a choke. If you’re riding an older model however then it is possible that the choke might be there but will just be set to ‘on’ by default so it can’t easily be turned off and could cause problems if disabled. Newer models are usually designed with better fuel-saving features that allow for an easy startup without using the choke as often.

Do any Motorcycles Have Cruise Control? And why you shouldn’t care


Motorcycle Mountain Trip

You’ve got a long motorcycle touring trip planned out, a trip of a lifetime and you’re thinking 🤔 I wonder if motorcycle’s come with cruise control to help give your hand some relief for those long stretches of road.

So do motorcycles come with cruise control? Most motorcycles do not have cruise control, however, some specific touring motorcycles do come with cruise control. However even those who offer it, you might not want to use.

In this blog post, we will explore why most motorcyclists choose not to use cruise control and what if any of the benefits cruise control would offer to motorcycling.

What percentage of motorcycles offer cruise control?

It is hard to tell for certain how many motorcycles offer cruise control, but most estimates place the number somewhere between 30% and 45%. One of those reasons for this lack may be that motorcycles are often designed with a specific need in mind. For instance, touring bikes are more likely to have cruise control because they can cover long distances without stopping or slowing down.

Why don’t most motorcycle riders use or care about cruise control?

The main reason that most motorcyclists do not use or want to use cruise control is because of the way it affects motorcycle riding and safety, as well as the experience of riding a bike. For one thing, using this function would limit your ability to accelerate going up incidences of hills.

Furthermore, cruise control is not compatible with braking or pulling the clutch in a manual transmission motorcycle. In fact, according to riders who have experimented with this feature on their bikes and found that it led them into accidents due to how they were unable to brake as expected when coming off of an incline because they had been relying on the cruise control to do the heavy lifting for them.

As well, one of the main attractions that many riders enjoy about riding motorcycles is feeling in tune with their bike and its surroundings while out on a ride. Using this feature would remove some of these sensations from the experience as they rely solely on it rather than trusting themselves and being aware of their surroundings.

But I really want cruise control. What are my options?

If you really feel like you need cruise control, you’ve got two options; get it installed on your current motorcycle or buy a new bike with cruise control.

Buying a new motorcycle with cruise control

But if you insist on buying a touring motorcycle with cruise control there are a few options available for you including the KTM 1290 Super Adventure and BMW R 1200 GS but it would be wise to do your research before settling on a motorcycle that has cruise control given how controversial they can be.

Installing cruise control on your current motorcycle

Cruise control can be installed on any motorcycle, but it would not make sense if you have manual transmission as the rider will need to shift gears manually. In addition, cruise control could interfere with safety features such as ABS and TC (Traction Control). So be careful when choosing your motorcycle for cruise control installation.

Is it expensive to install cruise control on my motorcycle?

It is not expensive to install cruise control on your motorcycle. The cost of the installation will depend largely on how much custom work needs to be done with respect to mounting points for the throttle and brake levers, as well as wiring harnesses that need to be modified or replaced. A typical installation usually costs between $600-1500 depending upon what needs to be changed in order for it to work properly (mounting point modifications, etc.).

How does cruise control work on a motorcycle? Is it the same as a car?

Cruise control on a motorcycle is different than in car because the rider has more direct input to how it operates. The cruise control feature can be set by using an electronic device that plugs into the bike’s standard OBD-II port which then communicates with other aspects of its electronics such as throttle and gearbox pressure sensor, engine RPM (from crank position sensors) or brake force from ABS systems and others.

Conclusion

In summary, whilst some motorcycles may have cruise control as an option, it is not a good idea. The installation can be very expensive and the safety features of a motorcycle such as ABS will be compromised.

Do Motorcycles Have Hazard Lights?


Second Saturday in October (October 13th) is National Motorcycle Ride Day

You may have noticed that when you ride your motorcycle, it has a blinking light on the back. Do motorcycles have hazard lights? Yes they do! Motorcycles are required by law to have at least one flashing or steady red light on the rear of their bike. This is for safety reasons and because motorcyclists need other drivers to see them easier than cars.

When were hazard lights introduced on motorcycles?

Hazard lights were first introduced on motorcycles in Europe and the UK in 1966 to help warn other drivers of their presence. The use of hazard lights was later made law under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989, which required them to be fitted as standard equipment since 1992.

The first motorcycle hazards lights for sale were introduced by Signet in 1966 and featured one bulb that was wired into both stop/tail light functions of the vehicle. The system included two switches to control when they would flash, with one switch controlling their function as a running warning light

There are many types of motorcycle hazards light available today that can be mounted on the bike or worn around a rider’s waist.

Do hazard lights make you safer on a motorcycle?

Many riders feel that having a flashing light on their bike can be beneficial to other drivers, especially when riding in high-traffic areas.

However, there is also some concern that hazard lights might draw attention from people who are not paying much attention and end up swerving into the rider’s path or running them off the road.

When are hazard lights used on motorcycles?

Most hazard lights are used when a rider is stopped at an intersection or in heavy traffic, and they can also be put into both stop/tail light functions of the vehicle. The system included two switches to control when they would flash, with one switch controlling their function as a running warning light.

The flashing alert on motorcycles can be a helpful tool for other drivers, but should also be used with caution to avoid drawing attention away from the rider and into their path.

Each motorcycle is equipped with lights that are regulated by state laws and enforcement of those states. They can range in colors such as red-blue or amber-red; however, they all vary based on the state in which they are being used.

Red lights are often seen as a warning sign to drivers that there is an obstacle ahead of them or traffic that may impede their path, and blue can be indicative of a motorcycle’s hazard light function.

Should you use hazard lights on a motorcycle?

Yes! You should definitely be using your emergency lighting while driving. this will make it much easier for other drivers to see and react quickly if anything were to happen. It might also encourage them from cutting in front of you or not leaving enough space when passing by.

The use of hazard lights is also required by law, so make sure you don’t forget to turn them on.

For a motorcycle rider, it’s even more important because your vehicle might be difficult or impossible for other drivers to see in the dark without hazards lights! Getting hit from behind due to lack of visibility can cause injury and damage to your bike.

For the most safety, it’s best to always turn on your hazards when you’re on a motorcycle. Even if there is light from other vehicles or street lights, it might not be enough for someone driving behind you with impaired vision due to darkness.

Do I need to use hazard lights in every country?

In most countries, it’s law to have your hazard lights on while driving. In others, the use of those particular lights is not mandatory with just a few exceptions.

For example, you’re required by law to turn them on in Canada when there’s an emergency situation such as bad weather or construction work that will cause reduced visibility.

In New Zealand, hazard lights are required if you’re carrying a load that obscures visibility or is likely to cause injury.

Some countries also require hazards when driving through an intersection and in the opposite lane of traffic. The rules vary from country to country so it’s best to always check with your local authorities before going on the road.

In summary, it is not always required to have your hazard lights on but it is best practice if possible.

History of Motorcycles: What was the first motorcycle ever made?


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The first Motorcycle “motor tricycle’. Image from wired.com

The first motorcycle ever made was the 1894 “motor tricycle.” This vehicle was built by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. Motorcycles evolved from this early invention to a gas-powered engine with two wheels that is steered by handlebars.

What were some of its notable qualities?

In the 1880s, when Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach created this vehicle in 1894, their goal was to create a motorized horse carriage. This invention is often called “the world’s first motorcycle.” It had innovative features such as an electric ignition system and a single-cylinder engine with horizontal orientation. The engine was air-cooled, it had a large radiator to keep the engine at optimum temperature.

What was the horsepower of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach’s motorcycle?

The engine was able to produce about two horsepower and it had a top speed of 45 miles per hour. The engine had a tiller and it had a large radiator to keep the engine at optimum temperature.

Was this vehicle successful?

This motorcycle was quite popular but only about 650 of them were made before production stopped in 1901. It is one of the most important inventions for motorized vehicles because it has many innovative features that are still found on motorcycles today like the tiller, the frame that is in front of the motor and the large radiator.

In what year did Gottlieb Daimler publish his first motorcycle patent?

Gottlieb Daimler published his first motorcycle patent in 1885.

What happened to motorcycles from there?

Motorcycles continued to evolve as the technology advanced in other fields like petroleum and electrical engineering, which led to even more power.

The 1890s marked the introduction of bikes that were built for speed. The 1895-built “White Lady” was the first bike with a water-cooled engine and chain drive that resulted in 30+ mph speeds.

Motorcycles in the 1900s to 1910

In 1901, a new motorcycle design emerged with an engine that was positioned horizontally over the front wheel. These bikes were called “horseless carriages” because they resembled horse-drawn carriages but without horses.

In 1909, the first Harley-Davidson was manufactured.

Motorcycles in the 1920s

The 1920s also saw a number of changes in motorcycle design that led to better handling and control for riders. For example, motorcycles got their own suspension systems so they would not bounce as much when going over bumps or uneven terrain. The fairings on these bikes were designed to help channel air for better aerodynamics and cooling.

In the 1920s, cars became more popular than motorcycles because of their ability to carry passengers in greater comfort over longer distances.

Motorcycles in the 1930s

The 1930s brought about a renewed interest in motorcycle culture when Germany’s Nazi Party used motorcycles as propaganda vehicles at rallies and parades.

In the 1930s, motorcycles became a popular way to commute. The growing interest in production and sport biking led motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson to begin producing bikes with more power for higher speeds. This design also made them less likely to tip over when going around turns at high speed or on irregular surfaces.

Motorcycles in the 1940s

In the 1940s, Harley-Davidson introduced the ServiCar, a motorcycle with an enclosed passenger compartment.

In 1948 and 1949, BMW produced two prototype motorcycles called the R32 and R33 to test their new overhead camshaft engine design. The first production bikes from these designs were released as the 500cc R50/500 sports bike in 1954 for the 1955 model year.

Motorcycles in the 1950s

In 1954, the first mass-produced American motorcycle with a telescopic fork was released by Harley-Davidson. The bike is called “Super Glide.” In 1957, Honda began releasing its CB line of motorcycles to compete in the US market and became known for their affordability as well as performance.

In 1959, Honda began releasing its CB line of motorcycles to compete in the US market and became known for their affordability as well as performance. Harley-Davidson also introduced “The Sportster” that year. The company’s 1963 K model had a 25 horsepower engine with one speed transmission

and was capable of doing 100 miles per hour.

1961 was the year that Honda introduced their first four-cylinder motorcycle, which became known as one of America’s best performance bikes. That same year Harley-Davidson also released its “Sportster” model with a 25 horsepower engine and capable of 100 miles per hour.

Motorcycles in the 1960s

In 1963, Honda releases its K25 Super Sports, which was equipped with a four-cylinder engine and could go 100 miles per hour.

The first motorcycle ever made is attributed to Gottlieb Daimler in 1885, who built the world’s first motorcycle powered by an internal combustion engine. The bike became known as “Daimler’s Dream,” because it was so heavy that it could only travel at a walking pace.

It was created with an epower engine and one-speed transmission and was capable of doing 100 miles per hour.

1961 was the year Honda introduced their first four-cylinder motorcycle which became known as one of America’s best performance bikes. That same year Harley-Davidson introduced the first Sportster, which was built for speed.

As early as 1960 there were plans to create a motorcycle that could travel at 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour).

In 1963 Honda releases their K25 Super Sports with an engine capable of 100 miles per hour and in 1964 they introduce the C70 Dream Sport with a 100-mile per hour engine.

This is the motorcycle that became known as “Daimler’s Dream.”

The C100 was introduced in 1965 and by 1968 it had four speeds, overdrive, electric start and light alloy wheels for stability at speed.

It could reach 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) with a top speed of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour).

Motorcycles in the 1970s

In the 1970s the C250 and the CB200 were introduced.

The CB250 was a small, lightweight motorcycle that became popular in America although it had only 125 miles per hour speed capability.

In 1975 Honda released an even smaller bike model called the Magnum 23 with a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour) but this type of bike did not last long.

Motorcycles in the 1980s

In the 1980s BMW introduced a five-speed version of their K100 series, which had been in production since 1978 and by 1983 this model became available with an automatic transmission.

This motorcycle was designed to be used for touring as well as highway use and its engine could reach up to 105 miles per hour.

Motorcycles in the 1990s

1990 represented a decade of innovation with motorcycles.

In 1991, Yamaha released the RZ250 which was a small and lightweight model that could reach speeds up to 180 miles per hour while also being able to accelerate quickly and be easily maneuvered in traffic because of its lightweight (about 200 pounds).

That same year Honda introduced the CBR600F and the world-famous Ducati also released their first model of the Ducati Monster, which was a naked bike made for off-road use.

In 1992 BMW introduced the F650 series motorcycle and in 1993 Honda followed up with the CBR900RR Fireblade, one of the most celebrated models ever built. In 1997 Kawasaki created its two best motorcycles ever with the release of the ZX-12R and the ZZ-R.

In 1998, Yamaha followed up by releasing their best motorcycle to date: The YZF R-series which was very lightweight (less than 300 pounds) and could reach speeds of 190 miles per hour.

In 1999 Honda created a new line that had a larger engine and the CBR1100XX Super Blackbird was born.

Motorcycles in the new millennium

The new millennium saw an emergence of powerful models that were built for racing like Ducati’s 999, Aprilia RSV Mille “FACTORY” or Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K11 Limited Edition and Harley Davidson Motor Company’s V-Rod Series.

Harley Davidson Motor Company’s V-Rod Series.

2001: Suzuki and Kawasaki released their best models ever, the Hayabusa and ZZR1200 respectively. In 2006 Yamaha introduced its first sportbike with an inline-four engine named R25 which was a lightweight fast motorcycle producing 140 horsepower from a 999cc liquid-cooled in-line four engine.

yami R25 which was a lightweight fast motorcycle producing 140 horsepower from a 999cc liquid-cooled in-line four engine.

In 2007: Honda introduced the new CBR1000RR Fireblade that had 197 horsepower and could reach speeds of 190 miles per hour.

The first Harley Davidson Motor Company’s V-Rod Series is born – 2001 to the present day, Suzuki releases its best model ever – Hayabusa (1999), Kawasaki releases its best models ever – ZZR1200 and Yamaha introduces R25 inline-four sportbike with 1000 cc liquid cooling system (2006) are all examples of motorcycles being built for speed/racing purposes. Then we have Ducati 999 series racing bikes that can reach speeds up to 225 miles per hour.

The fastest motorcycle in the world is currently Kawasaki Ninja HIIZER900 (2012) that can reach a speed of 300mph or 4828 kilometers/hour which they claim it the most powerful production motorcycle ever created with an engine displacement of 900cc liquid-cooled inline four cylinder.

Overall, the world of motorcycling has changed so much from Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach’s 1894 “motor tricycle” to todays modern motorcycle.

Motorcycle Wheel Straightening: How to Fix a Bent Rim


Mechanic fixing custom motorcycle wheel

Motorcycle wheel straightening is a process that can be used to get your bent motorcycle rim back into shape. This blog post will go over the basics of what you need to know about this process, and how it works. It also goes through some possible causes for bent rims, and suggests ways to fix them so they don’t happen again!

But first, we often get asked the question ‘can you straighten a motorcycle wheel’? To which the answer is almost always: yes, you can! There are a few different ways to go about this process, and the right way will depend on what type of rim your motorcycle has. If it’s an aluminum wheel then there is a good chance that bending the rim back into shape should be relatively easy.

Depending on the reason your wheel is not straight, how bent your rims are or what your wheels are made out of will determine whether or not this is a job for the mechanic or yourself.

How to fix your bent rims yourself:

Step One

Check the cause of your bent rim. Is it a result of an accident? If so, then you shouldn’t waste time with this article and instead should take your wheels to see if they can be fixed at a local motorcycle shop or place that specializes in such work. There are some things which just cannot be done by yourself.

However, if your bent rim is the result of a more gradual process (such as too much weight on one side of the bike), then there is a good chance that bending the rim back into shape should be relatively easy. For this reason, it’s worth looking at some ways to do just that before you take them off to a professional for repair.

Step Two

Remove the wheel from your motorcycle and place it on a flat surface like a table, bench, or workbench. Clean off any dirt that’s accumulated with some warm soapy water (you can use dishwashing liquid or degreaser) to make sure you’re starting out with clean metal surfaces in order to avoid getting dirt trapped in the rim.

Step Three

Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the wheel back into shape, working from one side of the bend to the other so as not to cause damage on any parts of your motorcycle rims that are already straight or which have been damaged by previous accidents. When you’re done it should be as straight or a little straighter than it was before.

Step Four

Remove the wheel from its original place and try turning it to see if you’ve fixed the bend. If there is still an issue, repeat steps two, three, and four on the other side until both sides are aligned with one another. Once this has been done, use the rubber mallet to gently tap in any final corrections.

Conclusion

You should see a noticeable difference in how straight your bike’s wheels are when you’re done with this process, and it should be as close or closer than before you started.

This is a way to fix bent wheels on a motorcycle without needing to buy new parts or having an expert do it for you! Follow these steps and let your bike sit overnight in order to make sure the wheel has enough time to cool off before riding it again. This process can be done by anyone who’s willing and will be done in under an hour.

You can also read more about how to fix a bent motorcycle wheel on our blog or in the comments section below!

DISCLAIMER: if you are unsure about repairing your motorcycle yourself, please seek professional advice. This advice is general in nature and should not be used as a professional opinion.